Indignation Reviews

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September 11, 2017
We never connect to him as an individual to care about; he's a stick figure created to bear the brunt of all the angst directed at the outsider in an unforgiving social order.
August 29, 2017
First-time director James Schamus, who also wrote the screenplay, makes solid explicit and implicit statements about this oppressive, enervating environment, but the dramatic arc often lacks energy as the story bogs down.
January 1, 2017
Despite occasional (brief) flashes of resistance, when a personality threatens to surface, Marcus is so passive, he's practically inert.
November 17, 2016
The pace plods, and this heavily furnished, inadequately ventilated movie never entirely comes to life.
November 17, 2016
It's considerably too polite to do Philip Roth justice.
November 14, 2016
A mildly interesting coming-of-age tale, nothing more.
August 23, 2016
Indignation attempts to tackle too many subjects that it can't find a balance for.
August 17, 2016
Goodbye, Columbus becomes Goodbye, Indignation.
August 16, 2016
A Proustian parody of 1950s potboilers that's dry, dated, and not nearly as droll as Roth no doubt intended.
August 12, 2016
I expected something more powerful from the screen Indignation than it managed to deliver.
August 12, 2016
Despite its pluses, "Indignation" often plays like a heavy handed after-school special. It's not so much indignant as it is tedious.
August 5, 2016
It's a shame that his try is ultimately too dismal to properly register.
August 5, 2016
Writer and director James Schamus turns Indignation into a minor period piece, a precise but seemingly pointless evocation of the stultifying conventionalism of an American university campus in the 1950s.
August 4, 2016
Schamus gets the suffocating look of 1951 American academia just right, with its sweaters and skirts, and with a rose motif worthy of Citizen Kane. What's missing is any real drama or purpose.
August 4, 2016
Despite the material's fit, the story's relentlessly downbeat tone is challenging.
August 3, 2016
For a film that gathers this much talent, Indignation should be a little more moving. Or a little more anything, really.
Top Critic
July 28, 2016
Though Schamus is a seasoned, respectful adapter of Roth's prose, it's just plain hard, if not impossible, to do full justice to the novelist's mercurial shifts between irony, knockabout farce, regret and outrage.
July 27, 2016
Has an authentic exterior but too little beneath the surface.
July 27, 2016
A lovingly-shot, beautifully-acted adaptation that's sporadically engrossing but lacks any forward momentum. It feels like a series of clever vignettes that all say basically the same thing.
July 27, 2016
It's difficult to care about anybody.
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